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The Van Wert Middle School and High School Vocal Music departments invite the community to attend their Christmas Choir Concerts on Monday, December 13, at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center Auditorium.

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In accordance with Ohio Revised Code ORC 153.65-73, Van Wert City Schools is requesting qualifications from architects for professional design services to assist in the planning, design and construction of renovated athletic facilities, Eggerss Stadium.

Friday, November 19, 2021 Van Wert vs. Port Clinton Game Day Info
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Click for printable information for tonight's Regional Finals football game against Port Clinton at Donnell Stadium in Findlay. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with kickoff at 7:00 p.m.

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The Van Wert High School Art Club invites the public to Coffee, Cookies, and Canvases on Thursday, December 9 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the High School/Middle School art rooms.

Rendering of Eggerss Stadium

An informational meeting about the proposed Eggerss Stadium renovation project will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 16 at the Ohio City Community Building.

VWHS 2021 Fall Play poster

Van Wert High School Theatre Department is excited to announce our 2021 fall play production.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 Virtual story time planned for kids 3-6
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The Van Wert Health Pediatric Rehab team will host an action-packed virtual story time from 6:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, November 9.

Van Wert Cougars versus Rossford Bulldogs with OHSAA logo

The Van Wert Cougars will take on the Rossford Bulldogs on Friday, October 29 at Eggerss Stadium.

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Van Wert City Schools will be on a scheduled 2 hour delay on Friday, October 22nd as staff will have the opportunity to receive their Covid-19 booster and flu vaccine.

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Fans interested in purchasing tickets for Van Wert High School home athletic contests now have the option to purchase a mobile ticket online, as well as in-person at the gate for varsity football, volleyball, and boys and girls soccer.

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Van Wert Cougar Athletic Booster Club is excited to announce their upcoming Meet the Teams Bonfire!

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Season tickets for the 2021 varsity Cougar football season are now available.

VWCS Assistant Superintendent Bill Clifton gives his report to the board of education.

The new school year, COVID-19 and masks, personnel, Eggerss Stadium and critical race theory were among the topics addressed during Wednesday’s Van Wert school board meeting.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 Klein Memorial Fund Helps Local Students
Foundation CEO Seth Baker (middle) with local school district representatives.

Seth Baker, CEO of The Van Wert County Foundation, is pleased to announce designated grant funds to local school districts from the Richard L. and Nadie O. Klein Memorial Trust. 

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 2021-2022 ECC Supply Lists
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Van Wert Superintendent Mark Bagley talked about some concerns with school funding in the yet-to-be-approved biennial state budget proposal, while the Van Wert City Board of Education dealt with personnel and financial actions related to the upcoming school year during Wednesday’s June meeting.

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The May 2021 edition of The Cougar Connection is now available for viewing.

Friday, May 14, 2021 Back to School Program Set
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The third annual Back to School program begins soon. Eligible Van Wert County students in grades preschool - 12 (2021 - 2022 school year) will receive a $100 voucher for the purchase of shoes and socks and a school spirit t-shirt for grades K - 12th.

10 students read letters to educators that had an impact on them during the 26th annual educator's banquet.

Wednesday evening, students and educators from Van Wert City Schools gathered at Willow Bend Country Club to honor teachers who had a special impact on students and those who will be retiring this school year.

Van Wert City Board of Education member Scott Mull listens to a presentation during Wednesday’s meeting. 

Van Wert High School seniors will graduate during an in-person commencement ceremony scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 23, at Van Wert High School, and, during Wednesday night’s monthly meeting, the Board of Education approved the list of members of the Class of 2021.

VWHS students performing Mary Poppins

Van Wert High School Theatre will be streaming their 2018 production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s "Mary Poppins, The Broadway Musical" on April 16 and 17 at 7:00 p.m.

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Van Wert City Schools recently released its 2020-2021 Quality Profile. The Quality Profile is designed to be an at-a-glance summary of the outstanding educational experience VWCS offers.

VWHS band director Bob Sloan talking about plans for the upcoming school year. 

Three longtime Van Wert City Schools employees are retiring at the end of the 2020-2021 school year.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 Interdistrict Open Enrollment
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Van Wert City Schools, in correlation with Ohio Revised Code 3313.64 or 3313.65, will again permit students from other school districts in Ohio to apply and enroll in the district's school system through "open enrollment" for the 2021-2022 school year. 

2021-2022 Kindergarten registration information

The registration of kindergarten children attending Van Wert City Schools for the 2021-2022 school year will be held March 1, 2021 to March 26, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Superintendent’s Office in the S.F. Goedde Building.

Van Wert Superintendent Mark Bagley gives his report during Wednesday's Board of Education meeting.

During Wednesday's regular Board of Education meeting, Van Wert Superintendent Mark Bagley gave an update regarding the district's response to COVID-19. Recently, area teachers got the opportunity to be vaccinated.

Thursday, February 25, 2021 VWCS Board Meeting - February 24, 2021
Van Wert Superintendent Mark Bagley gives his report during Wednesday's Board of Education meeting.

During Wednesday's regular Board of Education meeting, Van Wert Superintendent Mark Bagley gave an update regarding the district's response to COVID-19. Recently, area teachers got the opportunity to be vaccinated.

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Remote Learning for Calamity Days #10 and Beyond

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Van Wert City Schools will be using our District Determined Remote Learning Plan on Friday, February 19, 2021, and Friday, March 12, 2021.

Ruth Ann Dowler, special services coordinator, addresses the Van Wert City Board of Education during its meeting Wednesday evening.

Anthony Adams was elected president of the Van Wert City Board of Education at the Board's organizational meeting Wednesday evening.

Trinda Keber, Van Wert Middle School art teacher, addresses the Van Wert City Board of Education during the Board's meeting Wednesday evening.

Van Wert City Schools Board of Education dealt with a number of personnel issues at its regular meeting Wednesday, Dec. 16.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 VWCS COVID-19 UPDATE 12/15/20
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Van Wert City Schools is committed to the safety and health of our students and staff.

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Van Wert City Schools will be offering a 2-day breakfast and lunch curbside distribution for Monday, December 21st and Tuesday, December 22nd at the Middle School Gymnasium parking lot (Door M-37).

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Van Wert City Schools students will move to remote learning for two days prior to Christmas Break.

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Superintendent Mark Bagley provides an update to the Van Wert Board of Education on Wednesday.

During Wednesday's Van Wert Board of Education meeting, Treasurer Michelle Mawer discussed the updated five-year forecast.

Thursday, November 19, 2020 VWCS COVID-19 UPDATE 11/19/20
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Van Wert City Schools is committed to the safety and health of our students and staff.

Monday, November 9, 2020 VWCS COVID-19 UPDATE 11/09/20
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Van Wert City Schools is committed to the safety and health of our students and staff.

Friday, November 6, 2020 VWCS COVID-19 Update 11/6/20
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Van Wert City Schools is committed to the safety and health of our students and staff.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 Wanted: Substitute Cafeteria Workers
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Are you looking to supplement your income and have a few hours to spare in a day? Consider becoming a substitute cafeteria worker!

Monday, November 2, 2020 VWCS COVID-19 Update 10/30/20
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Van Wert City Schools is committed to the safety and health of our students and staff.

Friday, October 30, 2020 VWHS Fall Musical Ticket Information
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The Van Wert High School Theatre Department would like to announce that our production, Disney’s Tarzan®, The Stage Musical, will be available for streaming December 9-13 at various times.

Superintendent Mark Bagley

At least to this point, the spread of COVID-19 hasn’t happened in Van Wert City Schools. That was the word from Superintendent Mark Bagley during Wednesday’s City Board of Education meeting.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Wanted: Substitute Bus Drivers
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Are you looking to supplement your income? Do you have a few hours a day to spare? Consider becoming a substitute bus driver!

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 VWCS COVID-19 Update 10/20/20
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Van Wert City Schools is committed to the safety and health of our students and staff.

Van Wert City Schools Assistant Superintendent Bill Clifton and two Van Wert City School bus drivers pose with Sgt. Adam Brincefield and Lt. Jonathon Gray of the Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The week of Oct. 19 - 23 is National School Bus Safety Week and the Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is concerned about the safety of children riding to and from school. “School Bus Safety Week is important because it concerns our community’s children,” said Lt. Jonathon Gray, post commander of the Van Wert Post. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 Wanted: Substitute Custodians
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Van Wert City Schools is actively seeking applicants for substitute custodians. Learn more today!

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 Van Wert High School Musical Update
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The Van Wert High School Theatre Department would like to announce that our production, Disney’s Tarzan®, The Stage Musical, originally set for this past spring will now be produced and available for streaming late fall.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 Wanted: Substitute Paraprofessionals
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Van Wert City Schools is actively seeking applicants for substitute paraprofessionals. Learn more today!

Thursday, September 24, 2020 Wanted: Substitute Teachers
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Have you ever considered becoming a substitute teacher? Learn more today!

Greg Blackmore raises his right hand while being sworn into the VWCS Board of Education

Former Van Wert DARE officer Greg Blackmore is the newest member of the Van Wert City Board of Education.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 VWCS COVID-19 Update 09/23/20
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Van Wert City Schools is committed to the safety and health of our students and staff.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 VWCS Accepting Bids for Snow Removal
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Van Wert City Schools is currently accepting bids for snow removal for the 2020-2021 school year.

Thursday, September 17, 2020 COVID-19 Update VWCS
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Van Wert City Schools is committed to the safety and health of our students and staff.

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Van Wert City Schools district participates in the National School Lunch Program and has received notification that the breakfast and lunch program will offer breakfast and lunch at no charge for all students in preschool through grade 12 regardless of free/reduced status.

Ohio Governor's and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library logos, coming to Van Wert Friday, September 4

Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine is pleased to announce amazing progress in reaching young Ohio readers in the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library (OGIL) Program’s first year.

Do you know when to stop for a school bus in Ohio? with graphic of a school bus

The following graphic is a visual representation of when drivers must stop for a school bus in the state of Ohio:

Assistant Superintendent Bill Clifton updates the Van Wert Board of Education on the first days of school.

During Wednesday’s regular meeting, the Van Wert City School Board listened to Superintendent Mark Bagley and Assistant Superintendent Bill Clifton speak about how the school year is going with all the new requirements in place.

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The Van Wert City Board of Education seeks applicants to fill the unexpired term of board member Tom Losh, who resigned his position August 26, 2020.

Thursday, August 27, 2020 Fall Athletics Ticket Policy
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2020 - 2021 Fall Athletics Ticket Policy

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Van Wert City Schools would like to remind parents/guardians that in order to receive alerts, they must be signed up for the Honeywell Instant Alert® for Schools system.

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I, Lance D. Himes, Interim Director of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), pursuant to the authority granted to me in R.C. 3701.13 to "make special orders...for preventing the spread of contagious or infectious diseases" Order the following to prevent the spread of COVID-1 9 into the State of Ohio:

Eggress Stadium

In a sense, it’s back to the drawing board for Eggerss Stadium.

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The Van Wert County Health Department has answered some frequently asked questions regarding Covid-19 isolation and quarantine. 

Thursday, August 13, 2020 No Season Tickets for 2020 Football Season
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Due to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) guidelines and the reduced number of regular season football games, Van Wert City Schools will not be able to sell season tickets for the 2020 football season.

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The Van Wert City Schools Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Thursday, August 13, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. in the First Federal Lecture Hall at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center.  

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020 VWECC Back-to-School Newsletter
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I hope you have had a great summer, and are ready to bring us our youngest Van Wert City Schools Cougars.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 Back-to-School Update: August 5, 2020
Back-to-School Update August 5, 2020

Governor DeWine announced yesterday, August 4, that the Ohio Department of Health will issue a health order requiring that K-12 children wear face coverings while at school.

Farewell Letter from Superintendent Vicki Brunn with a photo of Vicki and the VWCS circle logo

It's official! Saturday was my first day of retirement. It has been a joy and a pleasure to serve as superintendent of Van Wert City Schools these past two years.

Friday, July 31, 2020 Reopening VWCS 2020-2021
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Thank you for your patience as we have worked with area superintendents, our district’s administrators, VWFT Association representation, and the Board of Education to put together the guidelines for reopening Van Wert City Schools for the upcoming school year.

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The Educational Boards of Van Wert City Schools and Lincolnview Local Schools met in special meetings on Thursday to approve remote learning plans and district calendar changes.

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During the 2019-2020 school year, all Ohio schools were closed for the remainder of the school calendar year beginning on March 17, 2020 by order of Governor DeWine and State Health Commissioner Acton in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. 

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FinalForms is now open for parents to make updates for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Thursday, July 16, 2020 Back to School Shoe Program
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If you are at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and have a minor child in your home who will be attending school (Preschool - 12th grade), we may be able to help you purchase shoes. 

New Van Wert Superintendent Mark Bagley speaks on preparations for reopening in the fall during Wednesday’s meeting of the Van Wert City Board of Education.

With an eye on safely returning students to classrooms next month, Van Wert City Schools is working on plans to do so.

VWCS Reset and Restart Back to School Survey

Governor DeWine has released his guidelines on Reset and Restart to School in the fall and we have been planning for the return to school in August.

Chuck Rollins, president of the Van Wert Federation of Teachers, Betsy Hamman, director of the YWCA summer food program & Charlie Witten, treasurer of Van Wert Federation of Teachers.

Rather than doing a spring fundraiser this year, the Van Wert Federation of Teachers collected donations from members to donate to the YWCA summer food program. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 Operation Back to School Coming Soon
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The 5th annual Operation Back to School outreach event, sponsored by First United Methodist Church, is set for the afternoon of Aug. 2, 2020.

Van Wert City Board of Education members welcomed incoming Superintendent Mark Bagley (left) said farewell to retiring Superintendent Vicki Brunn during its June meeting on Wednesday.

Wednesday’s Van Wert City Board of Education meeting was the final one for Superintendent Vicki Brunn.

Thursday, June 25, 2020 VWCS Superintendent's Office Closed
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The VWCS Superintendent's Office will be closed for office maintenance.

Pictured are Julie LaRue and Becky Proffitt of Van Wert City Schools and Brand Lieber, Mark Verville, and Sam Price of the Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce partnered with Sister’s Embroidery and More to offer Van Wert Strong t-shirts to the community.

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The following is a list of events for the Brumback Library's Summer Reading Program, "Imagine Your Story," for the week of June 15-20:

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Registration for the Brumback Library’s 2020 annual Summer Reading Program is underway.

 Van Wert City School Treasurer Michelle Mawer delivers a Power Point during Wednesday's Board of Education meeting.

Covid-19 and its impact on Van Wert City Schools was the focus of the majority of the Board of Education meeting held on Wednesday, May 27.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 VWCS Food Services Donations
Surrounded by boxes donated from Tecumseh Packaging Solutions are Ron Danczyk, Tecumseh Plant Manager; Tom Losh, Van Wert City Schools board member and Tecumseh employee; Jenny Yoh and Julie Larue, VWCS head cooks.

The Van Wert City Schools Food Services department would like to thank Tecumseh Packaging Solutions and Leland Smith Insurance Services/Erie Insurance for their generous donations that helped provide meals to students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Van Wert Service Club will sponsor a summer speech and language clinic again this year.

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During a press conference Friday, area principals announced that all four Van Wert County schools (Crestview, Lincolnview, Vantage and Van Wert) will hold virtual graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Four potential dates are under consideration for Van Wert High School’s 2020 graduation ceremony.

VWCS Covid-19 Update April 20, 2020 Sorry We're Closed

In a press conference held on Monday, April 20, Governor Mike DeWine announced all Ohio schools will remain closed through the end of the school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

VWCS Community Connect Performances flyer

The Van Wert City Schools Music Department invites all students, alumni, staff, and community members to participate in their new Community Connect Performances.

New! Changes to Grab and Go Meals Start Monday! with graphic of dinner plate, silverware and brown lunch bag

So that we can continue to serve the needs of our district while protecting the safety of our staff, beginning Monday, April 6, we will be providing our Grab and Go meals one day a week on Mondays from 10:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Monday, March 30, 2020 VWCS To Remain Closed Until May 1
COVID-19 update March 30, 2020

In a press conference held on Monday, March 30, Governor Mike DeWine extended all Ohio school closures until at least May 1 due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Van Wert City Board of Education and administration officials met virtually Wednesday using Zoom videoconferencing software.

Teachers in the Van Wert City School District have a new three-year contract.

Thursday, March 26, 2020 VWCS E-Learning Links Now Available
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Van Wert City Schools will begin E-Learning with its students today, March 26, 2020.

Changes start Monday 3/30 VWCS Grab and Go Meal Plan with arrow graphic

So that Van Wert City Schools can better prepare meals for our district students, starting Monday, March 30th, 2020, we will begin providing our Grab and Go service two days a week from 10:45 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

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As we work together in this unprecedented situation, we want to be proactive in our efforts to support students and their families.

Van Wert County General Health District

The Van Wert County General Health District in conjunction with Van Wert Health are requesting that those presenting mild and manageable symptoms of COVID-19 to stay at home and self-isolate.

Grab and Go Meals Starting Monday March 23, 2020 with graphic of a paper bag

With Governor Mike DeWine’s decision to close all Ohio K-12 schools in order to help with the outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Van Wert City Schools believes it is our responsibility to continue to provide meals for the students of our district. 

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Van Wert City Schools would like to thank our community members for their patience and cooperation as we work through the logistics of this unprecedented time, and as we work to comply with the directives of the federal, state, and local government.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 VWHS Spring Musical Cancelled
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The Van Wert High School Theatre Department would like to inform all that our spring musical, Disney’s Tarzan ® , The Stage Musical scheduled for April 2, 3, & 4, 2020 at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center is cancelled due to the state mandated closure and concerning development of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Mark Bagley

The Van Wert City Schools Board of Education plans to approve a three-year contract to employ Mark Bagley as their next Superintendent, effective August 1, 2020.

Thursday, March 12, 2020 VWCS to Close March 16 - April 3
VWCS Coronavirus Update March 12, 2020

Van Wert City Schools has cancelled all school-related events beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 3 due to the order announced by Governor Mike DeWine on Thursday, March 12.

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There are currently no cases of COVID-19 in Van Wert County. 

Tarzan the Stage Musical poster

Van Wert High School Theatre invites you to their upcoming spring musical production of Disney’s Tarzan®, The Stage Musical on April 2, 3, and 4, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. on the Niswonger Performing Arts Center stage.

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Come spend a night with the high school Art Club making art!

FCCLA students pose near buses with the banners, yard signs and car stickers they were able to purchase through the FACTS grant

Van Wert High School’s FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) students are raising awareness for the growing concern of bus safety after receiving a $1,000 grant from Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety (FACTS).

Freshmen girls from the cat pack smiling during a football game

Van Wert City Schools, in correlation with Ohio Revised Code 3313.64 or 3313.65, will again permit students from other school districts in Ohio to apply and enroll in the district's school system through "open enrollment" for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Justin Krogman speaks to the board about elementary school initiatives during the February meeting

A presentation by Justin Krogman and fourth grade teachers led off the February meeting of the Van Wert City Schools Board of Education on Wednesday.

Child playing during the school day with kindergarten registration dates and times

The registration of kindergarten children attending Van Wert City Schools for the 2020-2021 school year will be held March 2, 2020 to March 13, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Superintendent’s Office in the S.F. Goedde Building.

No presale tickets for OHSAA sectional basketball games

The Van Wert Cougars will take on the Wapakoneta Redskins on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at Paulding High School. 

Superintendent Vicki Brunn testifying before the Senate

Van Wert City Schools Superintendent, Vicki Brunn, traveled to Columbus Thursday to provide her testimony before the Senate, supporting the plan the Ohio House passed in early February to make changes to the current EdChoice voucher program and overhaul Ohio’s state report card and testing system.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 City DARE Officer Retiring After 24 Years
New city DARE Officer Bryon Wells (left) is shown with his predecessor, Officer Greg Blackmore, who is retiring after 24 years in the DARE program and 30 years as a police officer.

The man whose name has become synonymous with the Van Wert DARE program, Officer Greg Blackmore, will be retiring from that position April 15 after 24 years in that position, and 30 years on the VWPD.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 VWECC Receives Grant for Books
Mrs. Foster's class show off several of the books purchased through the recent grant the ECC received

Van Wert Early Childhood Center recently received a $200 grant from The Ohio Federation of Teachers which allowed them to purchase books through First Books, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to get books into children’s hands.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 VWHS Theatre Announces Spring Musical Cast
Cast and crew of the spring musical, Tarzan

Van Wert High School Theatre proudly announces their spring musical, Disney’s Tarzan®, The Stage Musical, which will be presented on April 2-4, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center.

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A plan to replace the EdChoice voucher program and lay the foundation for an overhaul of Ohio’s school report card and testing system has been approved by the Ohio House of Representatives.

ReAnna Chancy giving blood during the fall blood drive

Van Wert High School’s Student Council will host a blood drive on Wednesday, February 12 from 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the VWHS gymnasium.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 Pack the Gym Night - February 7
Pack the Gym February 7 flyer

Join us February 7 as we PACK THE GYM! A few lucky high school students will have the chance to win some great prizes too.

The Cougar Connection January 2020 cover page

The January 2020 edition of The Cougar Connection is now available for viewing. 

Friday, January 10, 2020 Public Forum Invitation
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There will be a forum open to the Van Wert City School District community on January 21, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. to seek input from the community on the characteristics, skills, and experience the Board of Education should consider in evaluating candidates for the district’s next Superintendent.

Friday, January 10, 2020 VWECC Gives Back
Ashley Hockenberry, Ashley Zappa, and Sara Pugh present Betsy Hamman and Kim Laudick of the YWCA a check for $550
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The Van Wert High School Athletic Department will hold a “Military Appreciation Night” at the Varsity Girls Basketball Game versus Ottawa Glandorf High School on January 16, 2020.

Superintendent Vicki Brunn gives her report during Wednesday's Van Wert Board of Education Meeting.

During Van Wert's first Board of Education meeting of the new year, Board members approved a resignation at the end of the school year due to retirement from Superintendent Vicki Brunn. Brunn is in her second year as Van Wert City Schools Superintendent.

January is School Board Recognition Month with photos of the five board members

Van Wert City Schools will join more than 700 school districts throughout Ohio to celebrate School Board Recognition Month in January

VWHS Concert Choir performs at Channel 44

Channel 44 will be airing the Van Wert High School Concert Choir's holiday performance on Christmas Eve and Christmas day.

Thursday, December 19, 2019 VWCS Board Meeting - December 18, 2019
Van Wert High School Principal Bob Priest was honored for winning the 2019 Ohio School Counseling Association Administrator of Year award. He was nominated by high school counselors Frankie Bowen and Ava Burkheimer.

Recognitions were at the forefront of Wednesday night’s brief Van Wert City Board of Education meeting.

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Presale tickets for the home JV/Varsity Van Wert vs. Wayne Trace boys’ basketball game will be on sale Friday, December 20 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the High School Athletic Office.

Stop Human Trafficking T-shirt order form

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and for the second year in a row, the Van Wert Lady Cougars and Lincolnview Lady Lancers, in conjunction with the YWCA of Van Wert County, are competing to see which team can raise the most funds to benefit victims of human trafficking.

Kerry Koontz LifeChange of the Year nominee

Van Wert City Schools’ Career Counselor, Kerry Koontz, has been nominated for the 2019-2020 national LifeChanger of the Year award.

Friday, December 6, 2019 VWCS BOE Provides Stadium Update
Cougar Pride wall at Eggerss Stadium

The Van Wert City Schools Board of Education (BOE) is committed to providing the best possible facilities for all our student athletes.

Thursday, December 5, 2019 VWHS Students to Host Toy Drive
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Van Wert High School students will host a toy drive December 9-13 to benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

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Pre-sale tickets for the Van Wert vs. Crestview varsity boys basketball game at Crestview on Friday, November 29 and the home Van Wert vs. Lincolnview game on Saturday, November 30 will be on sale Tuesday, November 26 from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. and Friday, November 29 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the High School Athletic Office.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 VWHS Theatre to Perform Fall Play
VWHS Theatre Proudly Presents Sherlock Holmes poster

Van Wert High School Theatre invites you to their upcoming fall production of Sherlock Holmes on November 22 and 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. on the Niswonger Performing Arts Center stage.

Monday, November 18, 2019 VWCS Releases Quality Profile
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Van Wert City Schools recently released its 2019-2020 Quality Profile. The QP is designed to be an at-a-glance summary of what makes the educational experience at VWCS outstanding,

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The Van Wert Early Childhood Center would like to remind parents that parent-teacher conferences for preschool and kindergarten will take place Monday, November 25 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, November 26 from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 VWHS to Host Veteran's Day Assembly
A guest speaker addresses high school students at the 2018 Veteran's Day assembly

Van Wert High School will be honoring local veterans this Monday, November 11 at the annual Veteran’s Day assembly.

Thursday, October 31, 2019 Mawer Hired as VWCS Treasurer
Michelle Mawer

During a recent special Board meeting, the Van Wert City Schools Board of Education hired Michelle Mawer as treasurer to fill Mike Ruen's emptied position.

Friday, October 25, 2019 National School Bus Safety Week
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Ohio bus drivers reported over 1,500 stop arm violations in just one day.

Thursday, October 24, 2019 VWHS Student Council to Host Blood Drive
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Van Wert High School’s Student Council will host a blood drive on Wednesday, November 6 from 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the VWHS gymnasium.

Van Wert Mayoral Forum
Basketball tickets sitting on a basketball

Anyone who purchased varsity boys basketball season tickets for the 2018-2019 season can purchase their same season tickets for the 2019-2020 season during third quarter of our home varsity football games against Lima Bath on October 25 and Celina on November 1.

Van Wert Mayoral Candidates Joe Jared, Ken Markward and Don Farmer

A standing-room-only crowd was on hand to listen to Van Wert’s three mayoral candidates talk about their qualifications and priorities, as well as answer questions about their stances on charter government and a number of other issues.

Students walk to their evacuation location from Van Wert High School and Middle School

On Wednesday morning, shortly after school started, Van Wert City Schools conducted a full-scale evacuation drill.

Thursday, October 17, 2019 VWCS Board Meeting - October 16, 2019
Assistant Superintendent Bill Clifton

It appears random drug testing will not be implemented at Van Wert High School at this time. During Wednesday night’s Van Wert City Board of Education meeting, VWHS Principal Bob Priest told the board that, after researching drug testing, he has changed his stance on the testing.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 VWHS Theatre Announces Fall Play Cast
The cast of Sherlock Holmes

Van Wert High School Theatre is preparing for their upcoming production of Sherlock Holmes adapted by Tim Kelly.

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Keeping children safe and healthy during school hours is central to the mission of the Van Wert City School district.

VWHS Government Students Present Mayoral Candidate Forum poster

Van Wert High School’s Government students would like to invite to the residents of Van Wert City to join them in the upcoming mayoral candidate forum on Monday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Niswonger Performing Arts Center’s First Federal Lecture Hall.

Thursday, October 10, 2019 Subscribe to our Newsletter
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Van Wert City Schools is pleased to announce we will be publishing a district newsletter soon.

Troopers of the Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol pose with several Van Wert City School bus drivers

School has been back in session for a few weeks but already bus drivers have been reporting violations of safety laws.

Mr. Laudick, Mr. Rollins and Mr. Hoverman man the grill during the 2018 Scholarship Supper

Who likes to cook on a Friday night?  There is no reason to do so when the Van Wert Federation of Teachers is sponsoring its Scholarship Supper this coming Friday, September 27th.

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Van Wert City Schools is excited to announce an alumni portal now available on the VWCS website.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 VWHS Theatre Announces 2019-2020 Season
VWHS Theatre 2019-2020 Show Posters for Sherlock Holmes and Tarzan

Van Wert High School Theatre Department is excited to announce our 2019-2020 season.

Graph showing overall grade distribution among Ohio’s school districts

All four Van Wert County school systems saw improvements on Ohio School Report Cards released Thursday, with Van Wert City Schools seeing the most improvement over last year.

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Inappropriate adult behavior at high school athletic events in Ohio has reached epidemic proportion.

Thursday, September 12, 2019 VWCS Board Meeting - September 11, 2019
Van Wert Middle School Principal Mark Bagley explains the PBIS program to board members.

Two finalists for the open district treasurer’s position were interviewed Wednesday night by the Van Wert City Board of Education.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
Picture of a postcard from "To Write Love On Her Arms" an organization that aims to bring awareness to mental health issues.

According to the National Institute for Mental Health, suicide is the second leading cause of death in individuals ages 10-34, right behind accidental deaths.

Friday, September 6, 2019 VWCS Offers Crayola ColorCycle Program
Crayola Marker Recycling Drop Here Poster

Van Wert City Schools is excited to announce a special program now offered throughout the district in conjunction with Crayola.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 Back to School Bus Safety Tips
Children exiting bus while a car violates the stop arm

Roads are becoming busier and distractions more complex, causing students to be more at risk than ever before.

VWCS and Final Forms partnership graphic

Van Wert City Schools is excited to announce its partnership with FinalForms, an online forms and data management service.

Thursday, August 22, 2019 VWCS Board Meeting - August 21, 2019
Mike Ruen was presented with a parting gift at his last board meeting before his resignation

The Van Wert City Board of Education honored treasurer Mike Ruen during their Wednesday meeting for his 12 years of service to the district.

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The Van Wert varsity football team will host the Crestview Knights for a jamboree game that begins at 7:00 p.m. this Friday, August 23.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 VWCS Alerts Sign-Up Info
Hand holding cell phone with notifications graphic

Van Wert City Schools would like to remind parents/guardians that in order to receive alerts, they must be signed up for the Honeywell Instant Alert® for Schools system.

VWCS School Buses

In an effort to ensure the safety of all of our students, we have added and/or changed our procedures for after school transportation.

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Van Wert City Schools Athletic Department has implemented a new procedure for season ticket holders.

Van Wert City Schools Treasurer Mike Ruen gives his report during Wednesday's Board of Education meeting

The Van Wert Board of Education accepted the resignation of Treasurer/CFO Mike Ruen effective Sept. 1 during their regular meeting on Wednesdayhttps://timesbulletin.com/Content/News/News/Article/Van-Wert-City-Schools-treasurer-resigns/2/4/221075

A worker installs a new light fixture in the Elementary School drive

Van Wert City Schools, in partnership with Energy Optimizers, USA, is poised to launch a sweeping energy and security improvement project that is expected to save the district more than $115,000 annually.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 VWFT Gives to Local Summer Programs
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Through their annual end-of-year fundraiser, the Van Wert Federation of Teachers donated a total of $2,500 to two local youth summer programs.

Flip flops and beach ball in the sand

The YWCA of Van Wert County is now accepting registration forms for their 2019 Summer Food Program. 

Thursday, May 16, 2019 VWCS Board Meeting - May 15, 2019
Glenn Morefield is presented with diploma from Scott Mull of the VWCS Board of Education

The Van Wert City Board of Education tackled a packed agenda during Wednesday’s monthly meeting, and one of the first items of business was to present a Veteran’s Diploma to Glenn Morefield, a local veteran was born in Virginia in 1942, but moved to Van Wert County in 1953.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 Preschool Parent Days

PRESCHOOL PARENT DAYS are beginning. Each day will be from 10:00-12:30.

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Van Wert City Schools will not be in session on Thursday, April 18 as the calendar originally indicated.

Friday, January 18, 2019 VWCS Launches New Website
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Van Wert City Schools launched their new website Friday, January 18!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 VWCS Partners with New Safety Tip Hotline
Safe School Helpline poster

Van Wert City Schools has recently partnered with Safe School Helpline®, a 24/7 confidential communication service where students, parents, and community members can report violence, harassment, and other school safety concerns.

Thursday, December 20, 2018 VWCS DONATES TO LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS
ECC Christmas Donations

Christmas came early for some Van Wert County organizations thanks to the generosity of Van Wert City Schools staff and parents.

Monday, December 17, 2018 VWCS RELEASES 2018-2019 QUALITY PROFILE
2018-2019 VWCS Quality Profile Paw

The Van Wert City School District strives to ensure each and every single student receives a quality education that will provide them with the opportunity to reach their fullest potential, not only as students but as citizens of the Van Wert community.

Friday, December 14, 2018 BOYS BASKETBALL TO PLAY AT GOEDDE DEC. 21
VW Cougars logo

Van Wert Boys Basketball will play Delphos St. John’s on Friday, December 21, 2018 at the S.F. Goedde building with J.V. tipping off at 6:00 and Varsity to follow.

VWCS staff members attended OSBA Capital Conference

The OSBA Capital Conference and Trade Show is Ohio’s premier continuing education program — delivering practical solutions to help school district governance teams improve student learning and achievement.